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Somewhere in Time Weekend at Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

The Grand Hotel at Night on Mackinac Island

An HDR photo of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island taken on Saturday, October 27, 2012 during Somewhere in Time weekend (SIT). This weekend was the last weekend of the season for the Grand Hotel. The Somewhere in Time weekend celebrates the 1980 romantic film of the same name starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Check out more of my Mackinac Island photos!

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Horse Carriage at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

A horse carriage at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

A photo of a horse drawn carriage leaving the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. There are no cars allowed on the island and this is the main form of transportation for guests who stay at the hotel. View more photos of the Grand Hotel!

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The Front Porch at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

The front porch of the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The historic front porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is known to be the longest front porch of any hotel in the world. The Grand Hotel, which in 2012 celebrates its 125th anniversary, has been a well known hotel for well over a century and came to Hollywood fame in 1980 with the romantic movie Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The Grand Hotel has one hundred rocking chairs that overlook the gardens and fountains in front of the hotel. From the front porch you can also see out into Lake Huron and out to the Mackinaw Bridge just southwest of the hotel.

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A rocking chair on the front porch of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

A bench on the front porch of the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

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Green Velvet Couches at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

The Green Velvet Couches at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The green velvet couches at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island are the perfect touch to a building that dates back 125 years this year. This room is located on the main level just behind the main lobby and near the staircase in the center of the building. Green seems to be a color that is seen frequently, including in the dining room of the Grand Hotel where the upholstery for the chairs is a wide-striped green and white pattern. The lobby of the Grand Hotel is also vibrantly adorned with rose patterned carpeting, old furniture, photos and memorabilia located throughout the hotel.

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The Lobby of the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

The lobby at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The lobby at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is adorned with old fashion furnishings, chandeliers, cabinetry and other historical items. As you walk around the lobby, there are many displays, old photographs, memorabilia as well as galleries and museums dedicated to the hotel as well as to the popular love story movie Somewhere in Time, which starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour and was filmed at the hotel in 1980.

Here, the lobby opens up to the front porch of the Grand Hotel (which is not seen and just off to the right of this photograph). Tea time is a popular time here in the lobby where guests gather to do just that – have tea! At the far end of the hall is the entrance to the dining room of the Grand Hotel, which is beautifully decorated and furnished.

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The Dining Room at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

The dining room at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The dining room at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island is beautiful. The wood floors, old furniture and surrounding architecture of the room can take you back to a time over one hundred years ago. This photo was taken in June 2012 while I was visiting Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. During 2012, the Grand Hotel will be celebrating it’s 125th anniversary.

The Grand Hotel has been famous for over a century, but was made infamous in the 1980 love story movie Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

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The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan

HDR photo of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan is a historic hotel built in the late 19th century and made famous in the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time, a love story starring Christoper Reeve and Jane Seymour. This photo was taken in June 2012 during the 125th anniversary celebration of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. This hotel is also known for having the longest front porch of any hotel in the world. The front porch of the Grand Hotel runs nearly the entire length of the hotel.

The interior of the Grand Hotel features much of the original architecture of the building. There are several museums and galleries located within the hotel and non-guests are charged a $10 fee to enter the hotel to look around. Of the museums and galleries in the hotel, there is a small exhibit featuring photos and props from the movie Somewhere in Time including a hat worn by Christopher Reeve as well as the original Grand Hotel model that plays the music that is the theme for the Somewhere in Time movie.

I was also able to capture several beautiful HDR photos of the dining room at the Grand Hotel as well as photos of the lobby at the Grand Hotel in vibrant detail. Be sure to see my full gallery of Grand Hotel photos, including photos taken from the front porch, of the green velvet couches and several others!

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HDR photo of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan.


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Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan

The Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City, Michigan

After Rose and I left Mackinac Island in October 2012, we stayed for one night at the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City, Michigan. This hotel was constructed in the 1920s and opened around 1930 as a ten story hotel and has remained the tallest building in Traverse City ever since. The hotel was very nice and Rose and I both enjoyed our stay. There are several places to eat within the hotel and the views from the higher level floors are breathtaking if you are facing Grand Traverse Bay. The hotel is also just one block from Front Street in downtown Traverse City as well as the Traverse City State Theater, a historic theater that was restored in the mid-2000s after sitting empty for more than a decade.

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Old Theater Seats at Mackinac Island Theater

Old theater seats in the old theater on Mackinac Island.

Old theater seats in the Mackinac Island theater building. The 1980 film Somewhere in Time had several scenes shots in this building, including the soliloquy scene by Jane Seymour’s character Elise McKenna. View more of my Mackinac Island photos, including the Grand Hotel and other photos from around the island.

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“Is it You?” – Scene from Somewhere in Time movie

Recreation of the "Is it you" scene from the 1980 film Somewhere in Time

On October 26, 2012, Rose and I drove up to Mackinac Island to stay at the Grand Hotel and attend Somewhere in Time weekend, a weekend of events dedicated to the 1980 romantic film of the same name which was filmed on location at the Grand Hotel in 1979. Fans from all over the country attend this annual event dressed in Edwardian era costumes and gowns, feathered hats and the whole works.

The photo above is a picture of both me and Rose as we recreate one of the most famous scenes in the movie. The scene, known as the “is it you?” scene, is significant because it is when Jane Seymour’s character, Elise McKenna, meets Christopher Reeve’s character, Richard Collier, for the first time. Elise’s first words to Richard are “is it you?” as she gently touches the tree and Richard removes his hat. These are the exact same trees that were used during the filming of the movie. The juxtaposed photo below shows a side-by-side comparison to an actual screen shot from the movie.

The costumes that you see were designed by Tracie Arnold of Past and Present Creations in Brandon, Florida and are nearly exact replicas of the costumes worn in the movie. This photo was taken in October 2012 during Somewhere in Time Weekend 2012 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

This photo is special to me. That is me and my fiance Rose in the photograph. I surprised Rose with a trip to Mackinac Island and these custom made costumes and proposed to her the night before this photo was taken.

View more of my photos from Mackinac Island, including photos of the Grand Hotel, fall photos, and more!

This was a special weekend for us. The night before we took this photo, I proposed to Rose after three years together. I’ll post more about that story later. 😉

Somewhere in Time - Is it You?

“Is it You?” scene from the movie Somewhere in Time

 

Mackinac Island Harbor and Marina near the Ferry Docks

The marina at Mackinac Island in northern Michigan.

As the ferry pulls into Mackinac Island, a marina and harbor can be viewed on the starboard (right) side of the boat. In this photo, the harbor sits nearly empty while many of the boats head out to open waters on this beautiful June 2012 afternoon. Shortly after arriving on Mackinac Island, I visited the historic Grand Hotel, which was built in 1887 and is a historic landmark on the island.

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Joey and Rose visit Mackinac Island

In June 2012, my girlfriend Rose and I took a week long vacation traveling around Lake Michigan. On one of the days of our trip, we spent the day at Mackinac Island. We both love the movie Somewhere in Time, which was filmed on the island in 1979 and I’ve been playing the This is a montage of video clips from our time spent on Mackinac Island in June 2012 set to the music of Theme from Somewhere in Time, which I had the privilege of being able to play in the Grand Hotel itself.

After we returned from vacation, I put this video together using a montage of video clips from our time spent on the island and produced this video as a surprise for Rose.

NOTE: I do not own or claim the copyright to this music.

Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City at Sunset

The Holiday Inn - West Bay in Traverse City just after sunset.

The Holiday Inn – West Bay in Traverse City is located just east of downtown Traverse City along the shores of the Grand Traverse Bay. I stayed at the Holiday Inn West Bay during my stay in Traverse City from June 9-11, 2012 and had an enjoyable experience. Our room was located in one of the best locations in the hotel; in the northeast corner on the top floor. The room overlooked the Grand Traverse Bay to the north and the east, which made for a relaxing weekend overlooking the bay. We were happy to learn when we arrived that there are food places to eat at within the Holiday Inn!

This area in particular is a great area to stay if you are a photographer. The sun sets over the bay with the city skyline (small as it may be) just to the south of the sunset. The color reflects nicely off of the calm waters of Grand Traverse Bay creating a reflective reddish and magenta tint throughout the area. I was able to take several photos of the sunset in Traverse City and also have a timelapse video that I will post once I get that video done.

I enjoyed my stay in Traverse City so much that I am eager to get back to the city, perhaps even before winter! It was my first time visiting northern Michigan and the land and communities surrounding Traverse Bay are absolutely stunning. The location is great (although I would worry about the winters) and it’s proximity to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and Mackinac Island make it a nice destination for travelers. My dream someday would be to have a small cabin in the area just west of town and near the coast, but in the meantime, I’ll likely continue staying at the Holiday Inn West Bay when I come into town to visit and I recommend this hotel to anyone who is traveling to Traverse City and looking for a good beach area resort that is close to Traverse City’s downtown area.

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Historical Tribeca Buildings in New York City on Church St with D. Rich Co building

TriBeCa, New York City
I lucked out with this photo opportunity. On the second day of our east coast May 2011 road trip, Rose and I stayed at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. We checked in around 2:00pm and shortly after we got checked in, we peaked out the window and saw these old buildings. These buildings are known as Second Empire buildings and these particular ones were built in and around 1868-1876. From what I have found through some research, D. Rich Co. was the name of a company that operated in this building in the Tribeca neighborhood between 1949-1951. The sign remains on the building over 60 years later.

The Tribeca Grand Hotel was beautiful and we really enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The hotel rooms are quite small, but they are clean and modern and about what you would expect to have in the Tribeca neighborhood. There is a cozy bar and seating area downstairs and the overall atmosphere is sheik, modern and stylish. The hotel has an artsy and hipster type of vibe and is catered more towards the young adult crowd. The hotel’s location is one block from the subway system going north to midtown Manhattan, near Times Square and Central Park. It is also only about eight blocks north of the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial Site.

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Below is a video of the scene through our window at the Tribeca Grand Hotel just before shooting these photos!


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HDR Photo of Las Vegas Skyline featuring Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo and Bellagio fountain.

Panoramic HDR photo of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Let me first start by saying that this photo is absolutely real. Nothing is superimposed. There is a reason that it has a ‘fantasy’ type of look to it. The above photo is an HDR photograph of the Las Vegas skyline taken from the 18th floor balcony of a hotel room in the West End tower of The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino near CityCenter and across Las Vegas Blvd from the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This photo was taken in November 2011 and features the Bellagio fountain, Paris Hotel and Casino, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Bally’s Hotel and Casino, the Flamingo, Caesars Palace and the Bellagio.

Eiffel Tower Paris Las Vegas

(LEFT) An HDR photo of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This photo was taken at the same time and as the above shot, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 (the same day as the much hyped third boxing match of Pacquiao vs Marquez across the street at the MGM Grand Arena). This photo was also taken from our balcony at the Cosmopolitan.

The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas is an exact replica of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, only it has been scaled down to about half its size. Construction began on the Eiffel Tower along with the rest of Paris Las Vegas in 1997. It opened to the public along with the Paris Hotel and Casino in September 1999. At the top of the Eiffel Tower is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which features remarkable views of the Bellagio fountain show. I personally have not eaten there, but I have heard nothing but good things. The observatory at the top of the Eiffel Tower is a must-see destination for Las Vegas newbies! I recommend trying to go up about one hour after sunset, before it is completely dark outside.

Check out more of my Las Vegas photos taken over the years!

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